# Testing Framework
Mantle provides a PHPUnit test framework to make it easier to test your code with WordPress.
Mantle's Test Framework provides a special bootstrapper and installer for WordPress. It is common in WordPress to use a separate WordPress codebase when running unit tests. In Mantle, you use the same codebase and a separate database. As long as your test suite isn't writing to any files, a singular codebase is a preferable setup, especially if you want to use xdebug to step through your test.
The Mantle Test Framework will work out of the box defining a set of constants
to install WordPress. The default set of constants can be overridden using a
test config in your WordPress root directory, named
the sample config in the Mantle
Framework (opens new window)
to get started. This config is similar to
wp-config.php and defines many of
the same constants. Most importantly, it defines the database information, which
must be different from your environment's database. If you reuse the same
database, your data could be lost!
The default configuration will install WordPress using a
wordpress_unit_tests with the username/password pair of
constants can be overridden using the
wp-tests-config.php file or your unit
test's bootstrap file.
Lastly, see this repository's
file (opens new window)
for examples of how to load the Mantle Test Framework in your project.
# Why This Instead of WordPress Core's Test Suite?
We hope nobody interprets Mantle's Test Framework as a slight against WordPress Core's test suite. We ❤️ WordPress Core's test suite and Mantle's Test Framework is unequivocally a derivative work of it.
WordPress Core's test suite ("wordpress-develop", if you will) is a wonderful test suite for testing WordPress itself. We, and many others in the WordPress community, have been repurposing it for years to help us run plugin and theme tests. That's worked fine, but it's not optimal. Mantle's Test Framework tries to incorporate the best parts of WordPress Core's test suite, but remove the unnecessary bits. Without having to worry about older versions of PHP, that also allows Mantle's Test Framework to use the latest versions of PHPUnit itself.
# Drop-in Support for Core Test Suite
The Mantle Test Framework supports legacy support for core's test suite methods,
factory() among others. Projects are able to switch to
the Mantle Test Framework without needing to rewrite any existing unit tests.
Mantle\Framework\Testing\Framework_Test_Case class should be extended from
for any non-Mantle based project. For more information, see Transitioning to
The Mantle Test Framework provides a method,
acting_as( $user ) to execute a
test as a given user or a user in the given role. This is best explained through
code, so here are some examples of using this method:
$this->acting_as( 'administrator' ); $this->assertTrue( current_user_can( 'manage_options' ) );
$this->acting_as( 'contributor' ); $this->get( '/some-admin-only-page/' ) ->assertForbidden();
$user = $this->acting_as( 'editor' );
$this->acting_as( $some_user_created_elsewhere );
Mantle's Test Case provides some assertions above and beyond PHPUnit's, largely
WP_UnitTestCase. Here's a runthrough.
Assert the given item is/is not a
assertWPError( $actual, $message = '' )
assertNotWPError( $actual, $message = '' )
Asserts that the given fields are present in the given object:
assertEqualFields( $object, $fields )
Asserts that two values are equal, with whitespace differences discarded:
assertDiscardWhitespace( $expected, $actual )
Asserts that two values are equal, with EOL differences discarded:
assertEqualsIgnoreEOL( $expected, $actual )
Asserts that the contents of two un-keyed, single arrays are equal, without accounting for the order of elements:
assertEqualSets( $expected, $actual )
Asserts that the contents of two keyed, single arrays are equal, without accounting for the order of elements:
assertEqualSetsWithIndex( $expected, $actual )
Asserts that the given variable is a multidimensional array, and that all arrays are non-empty:
assertNonEmptyMultidimensionalArray( $array )
WordPress Query assertions (see above)
assertQueryTrue( ...$prop )
assertQueriedObjectId( int $id )
assertQueriedObject( $object )
# Deprecated and Incorrect Usage Assertion
As with in
WP_UnitTestCase, you can add phpdoc annotations to a test for
@expectedDeprecated- Expects that the test will trigger a deprecation warning
@expectedIncorrectUsage- Expects that
_doing_it_wrong()will be called during the course of the test
# Cron / Queue Assertions
Cron and queue jobs can be asserted in unit tests.
assertInCronQueue( string $action, array $args =  )
assertNotInCronQueue( string $action, array $args =  )
dispatch_cron( string $action = null )
$this->assertNotInCronQueue( 'example' ); wp_schedule_single_event( time(), 'example' ); $this->assertInCronQueue( 'example' ); $this->dispatch_cron( 'example' ); $this->assertNotInCronQueue( 'example' );
assertJobQueued( $job, array $args = , string $queue = null )
assertJobNotQueued( $job, array $args = , string $queue = null )
dispatch_queue( string $queue = null )
$job = new Example_Job( 1, 2, 3 ); // Assert if a job class with a set of arguments is not in the queue. $this->assertJobNotQueued( Example_Job::class, [ 1, 2, 3 ] ); // Assert if a specific job is not in the queue. $this->assertJobNotQueued( $job ); Example_Job::dispatch( 1, 2, 3 ); $this->assertJobQueued( Example_Job::class, [ 1, 2, 3 ] ); $this->assertJobQueued( $job ); // Fire the queue. $this->dispatch_queue(); $this->assertJobNotQueued( Example_Job::class, [ 1, 2, 3 ] ); $this->assertJobNotQueued( $job );
# Optional Traits
Mantle's Test Framework uses traits to add optional functionality to a test case.
Refresh_Database- Using this trait ensures that the database is rolled back after each test in the test case has run. Without it, data in the database will persist between tests, which almost certainly would not be desirable. That said, if your test case doesn't interact with the database, omitting this trait will provide a significant performance boost.
Admin_Screen- Using this trait sets the current "screen" to a WordPress admin screen, and
is_admin()will return true in tests in the test case
Network_Admin_Screen- Same as with
Admin_Screenexcept for the network admin and